School has been back in session for about a month now and you have probably noticed your kids friends or maybe even your kids catching the latest wave of sickness going around. School is a petri dish of germs with many young bodies that don’t always practice, or know how to practice, the best preventive hygiene. Those germs unknowingly get picked up by our children and then carried home.
From backpacks to shoes, to hands, and all over their clothing, there are many ways your kids can bring germs home. A few ways to prevent sickness inside your home include frequent hand washing, cleaning often touched surfaces like door handles, good nutrition, and disinfecting surfaces including soft surfaces.
Without even thinking about it, we grab the spray bottle and a rag or the wipes and get to work disinfecting the hard surfaces in our home. How can we care for the soft surfaces that are frequently used like the sofa and most definitely harboring germs? Enter the amazing power of fabric refresher spray. There are many available to purchase online or in the store or you can make your own with green ingredients and essential oils.
Homemade Essential Oil Fabric Refresher Spray Recipe
Note: this spray is safe to use on most fabrics, but when using it for the first time on any fabric surface make sure to test it in an unseen area first. Some of these oils can also be difficult for pets and young children to inhale. When using the spray make sure pets and younger children are out of the room until the spray dries.
- A glass spray bottle
- 8 oz. purified/filtered/distilled water
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops palmarosa essential oil
To make an essential oil room spray, grab the spray bottle, place the funnel on the top and pour in the baking soda. Next add in the water making sure there is a little room left over for the essential oils. Shake the spray bottle well to combine the baking soda and water. Add in all of the essential oils and shake well again. Now you are ready to disinfect and refresh fabric. Shake before each use and store in a cool dark place.
Lemon Oil- disinfects the air and kills many different bacteria
Palmarosa Oil- Antibacterial, antifungal, and airborne antimicrobial properties
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil- helps to kill common bacteria and some viruses
Baking Soda- great odor killer/absorber and prevents oils from staining
If you have heavy odors that just won’t release from your carpet or upholstery it is probably time for a professional deep cleaning. A deep cleaning will also sanitize all your surfaces to keep sickness out of your home.
For professional carpet and upholstery cleaning in Arlington and surrounding areas you can trust; make an appointment with All Kleen.
Image adapted by Barb Crawford